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Transfer Deadline Day: As it happened across the Premier League & EFL

Who will be making deadline day moves?
Who will be making deadline day moves?

The Sporting Life football team kept you up to date with the latest transfer news, rumours and reaction - here's how deadline day played out.

By Tom Carnduff/George Pitts


19:50 - That's all folks!

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19:39 - Watford sign Quina

Watford have confirmed the signing of attacking midfielder Domingos Quina.

The 18-year-old as signed a four-year contract at Vicarage Road.

Watford also hold the option on an additional 12 months for the Portugal U20 international.

19:30 - Blackpool join the fun

Defender Donervon Daniels has returned to Blackpool on a deal until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old, who played for the club during a loan spell in 2014, arrives on a free transfer after leaving Wigan in the summer.

19:07 - Brighton sign Montoya

Brighton have confirmed the signing of full-back Martin Montoya from Valencia on undisclosed terms.

The former Barcelona and Inter Milan defender has agreed a four-year contract with Albion.

19:04 - Fulham add another!

Fulham have announced the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto on a season-long loan.

18:39 - Wigan get Windass

Midfielder Josh Windass has signed for Wigan Athletic from Rangers for a three-year deal.

The 24-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee. 

18:36 - Newcastle sign Fernandez

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Argentine centre-back Federico Fernandez from Swansea City. 

Sky Sports News reports that the fee is in the region of £6m. The player has signed an initial two-year contract at St James' Park. 

The Argentine international had a medical on Tyneside this afternoon after a deal was struck between the clubs at at lunchtime. 

Newcastle turned to Fernandez when their move for Barcelona’s Marlon Santos fell through after the player failed to gain a work permit. 

18:33 - Vardy signs new deal

Leicester City have confirmed that Jamie Vardy has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until June 2022.

Jamie, 31, signs on the eve of his seventh season with the Foxes, having taken his goal tally to 88 in Leicester blue with 20 during the 2017/18 Premier League campaign – form that secured his place in the England squad that reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Since signing from then non-league Fleetwood Town in 2012, Vardy has completed an impressive rise to the top of the English game, firmly establishing himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

He becomes the highest-paid player in Leicester's history.

18:32 - Cardiff sign Arter

It's deadline day signing number two for Cardiff as they complete the loan signing of Harry Arter.

18:20 - Lincoln add experience

Lincoln have announced the signing of former Burnley, Derby County and Norwich City centre-back Jason Shackell on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old has just under 500 career league appearances, with the majority of them coming between the Sky Bet Championship and the Premier League.

18:12 - Tottenham are record breakers!

Tottenham are the first club to not sign a player in the Premier League summer transfer window since it was introduced in 2003.

18:10 - Shrewsbury find an Angol

Shrewsbury Town have announced the signing of Lee Angol on a two-year deal with the option of a third.

They agreed an undisclosed fee with Mansfield Town.

18:09 - Scunthorpe manage to get one in

Wigan forward Ryan Colclough has signed for Scunthorpe United.

Sporting Life stated earlier, in our 15:05 update, that Scunthorpe were looking to conclude a deal.

Colclough has played 56 games for Wigan, scoring eight goals.

18:05 - Holmes joins Derby

Derby have completed signing of Duane Holmes from Scunthorpe for an undisclosed fee.

Earlier on, in our 13:56 update, Sporting Life confirmed that Holmes was in for a medical.

The midfielder has signed a three-year contract with Frank Lampard’s side.

18:01 - Leicester sign Freiburg defender

Leicester City Football Club have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with SC Freiburg for the transfer of defender Çağlar Söyüncü.

The 22-year-old has agreed personal terms, undergone a medical and signed a five-year contract at King Power Stadium, subject to a work permit being granted.

A Turkish international, Söyüncü made his senior debut for his national side at just 19 years old against Sweden in March 2016 and has since been capped a further 14 times.

17:54 - Ins and Outs

There may still be more deals to come, but we have a full round-up of the ins and outs of each club in:

The Premier League

The Sky Bet Championship

17:50 - Watford trying to sign West Ham man

West Ham’s 19-year-old midfielder Domingos Quina is at the Watford training ground and negotiations are ongoing, according to Sky Sports.

17:48 - MORE from Fulham!

They've spent big this window - and they've added another new face!

Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan has joined on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

17:43 - Ulloa departs for Mexico

Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa has agreed a permanent deal to join a club in Mexico, according to Sky Sports.

17:38 - Stoke sign Clucas

Stoke City have completed the signing of Swansea midfielder Sam Clucas.

He joins Gary Rowett's side on a four-year deal.

17:36 - Besic deal falls through

Mo Besic’s move from Everton to Middlesbrough fell through at the 11th hour. 

A £6m fee was agreed this afternoon but the deal fell through after personal terms and agent fees couldn’t be agreed.

17:30 - Up to TEN more deals!

Sky Sports reports that the Premier League is presently processing 10 deal sheets. This gives the clubs involved an additional two hours to complete their transfer deals.

Effectively this allows the clubs involved until 7pm to complete the paperwork/finalities. This is 10 different deals, rather than 10 different clubs, and all of these deals involve PL clubs.

17:25 - Ings could still move

Sky Sports say that Liverpool striker Danny Ings could still get a move to Southampton on a season-long loan deal.

The deal sheet has been submitted for extension by Southampton and they now have until 7pm to complete the transfer.

17:24 - Return of the Mac

Jason McCarthy has left Barnsley and rejoined Wycombe Wanderers on a three-year deal. 

17:22 - Fulham sign a goalkeeper

Fulham have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla.

17:20 - Hanson moves to Oxford

Oxford United have completed the signing of Derby County midfielder Jamie Hanson for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old former England under-20 international has been with Derby for over ten years and made 25 senior appearances as well as enjoying a loan spell at Wigan Athletic.

He joins the U’s on a four-year-deal.

17:18 - The round-up

17:17 - The deal sheet

Should top-flight clubs submit a deal sheet by 5pm, they will have until 7pm to complete the deal with the use of a 'deal sheet'. 

If a club agrees a deal at the last minute, it might not be easy to get all the paperwork completed by the deadline. 

The deal sheet allows a club to confirm a deal has been reached and provides them with additional time to submit the remaining documentation.

17:13 - Gardner joins Birmingham

As reported earlier, Gary Gardner has joined Birmingham from rivals Aston Villa where he will link up with his brother Craig.

17:11 - Martin Montoya is Brighton-bound

Brighton appear to have snatched Martin Montoya from the clutches of Fulham.

Sky Sports News reports that, in the last few hours, the Seagulls have agreed a deal with Valencia and the right-back is close to completing the move to the south coast. 

Earlier on Deadline Day we told you that Fulham were in talks for the 27-year-old Montoya to fill the void at right-back.

But Fulham have now moved on to Manchester United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah and they are close to bringing him to Craven Cottage.

17:09 - Fulham agree deal for Marseille midfielder

Fulham have agreed £30m deal to sign Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Anguissa.

The Fulham medical team are in France for a medical as they look to wrap up the move.

17:08 - Swansea bring in a full-back

Swansea have completed the late signing of left-back Declan John from Swansea.

He joins on a three-year deal.

17:06 - More for Everton!

Barcelona have announced they have reached an agreement with Everton for the transfer of Andre Gomes.

What an end to the window for Marco Silva's men!

17:03 - Brighton add Burn

Wigan defender Dan Burn has signed joined Brighton for an undisclosed fee.

Burn, who had 12 months to run on his existing Wigan contract, will stay at the DW Stadium on loan until January 1.

17:03 - Carlos Sanchez joins West Ham

Carlos Sanchez has joined West Ham from Fiorentina.

The former Aston Villa man joins on a two-year deal

17:01 - Huddersfield confirm Mbenza

Huddersfield Town have made a deadline day signing as Isaac Mbenza joins the West Yorkshire club.


That's it! Or is it?

16:58 - Huddersfield get one in

Hello? Is it me you're looking for?

16:56 - Everton agree Mina deal

Late, late drama!

Everton have agreed deal to sign Barcelona defender Yerry Mina for £28.5m!

16:54 - Wigan try for last-minute striker signing

Wigan are trying to beat-the-deadline to sign Ipswich striker Joe Garner.

16:53 - Everton sign Bernard

Everton have completed the signing of Bernard - who joins on a four-year deal.

16:30 - Courtois wants Hazard reunion

Thibaut Courtois signed for Real Madrid on Thursday before revealing he is keen for former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard to join him at the Bernabeu.

The Belgium international, named best goalkeeper at the World Cup this summer as he helped his country to third-place, has signed a six-year deal after completing a medical on Thursday.

Courtois had a year remaining on his Chelsea deal and did not report for training with the Blues this week, before the transfer was agreed for a reported £31.5million.

A video on Real Madrid's official Twitter feed showed Courtois signing his contract alongside club president Florentino Perez.

The 26-year-old then posed for pictures on the pitch before speaking to the media, where he said he would love to be reunited with reported Madrid target Hazard - who remains at Chelsea for the time being.

"He's a wonderful player," Courtois said of his compatriot at his press conference.

"I'd love to play alongside him again and we'll have to see what happens in the future. If he ends up here one day, that would be brilliant."

16:22 - Evans heading to Wigan

What a deal this could be for Wigan - Sheffield United midfielder Lee Evans is having a medical at the club ahead of a move.

He's been attracting interest from clubs throughout the summer.

16:20 - Blackburn look to strike a late deal

Sky Sports say that Blackburn have made a very late £5m bid for Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton. 

16:16 - Fulham prepare to welcome another

Fulham are closing in on a deal to sign Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.

16:15 - It's all so quiet...

It looks like Tottenham won't be signing any new players this summer then...

16:08 - DONE DEAL - Oxford bring in Sheffield United man

Oxford have completed the signing of Sheffield United's Ricky Holmes on-loan.

16:03 - DONE DEAL - Forest sign Huddersfield defender

It's been a great summer for Nottingham Forest, and it's just got a bit better...

They've signed defender Michael Hefele from Huddersfield Town on a three-year deal.

16:01 - Bernard to Everton

Bernard has agreed personal terms and receives a work permit ahead of his move to Everton, reports Sky Sports.

15:59 - Ospina to leave Arsenal

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has agreed personal terms with Besiktas.

The Colombian has been told he can leave north London this summer following the arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.

15:55 - Zouma to Everton?

Everton are closing in on a loan deal for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, according to L’Equipe.

We still await news regarding Yerry Mina and his destination...

15:35 - WATCH - The latest news...

Tom Carnduff provides the latest transfer news as the window is near closing.

15:27 - Transfer Deadline Day specials

  • Everton & Fulham both to sign 3+ players on deadline day - 13/8
  • Bournemouth & Southampton both to sign 1+ player on deadline day - 4/1
  • Danny Drinkwater 4/1 to join Leicester, either permanently or on loan, before September 3
  • Arsenal 1+ deadline day signing - 7/1

See them here, along with more transfer specials with Sky Bet

*Odds correct as of 1530 BST and may change

15:25 - Sunderland go for Max Power

Max Power, he's the man who's name you'd love to touch.

But you mustn't touch, his name sounds good in your earrrrrr.

But when you say it, you mustn't fear.

Cos his name can be said by anyoneeeeee.

He's also off to Sunderland from Wigan - he's currently undergoing a medical.

15:23 - Gardner moves across the city

Birmingham City have agreed a deal to sign Gary Gardner from rivals Aston Villa where he will link up with his brother Craig.

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15:11 - Arter bound for Cardiff

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is on the move - Sky Sports say he is heading to Wales for a medical with Premier League newcomers Cardiff City.

The deal would see the 28-year-old join Neil Warnock's side on loan - good move for both parties?

15:05 - Scunthorpe look at Wigan winger

Wigan Athletic winger Ryan Colclough is in talks with Scunthorpe over a move.

Sporting Life reported earlier that Iron midfielder Duane Holmes is undergoing a medical at Derby.

14:45 - Slimani heading to Turkey

Leicester are close to agreeing a deal with Fenerbahce for striker Islam Slimani to go on a season-long loan to Turkey, according to Sky Sports.

14:37 - Pochettino on transfers

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says it will be "difficult" to make any signings before the transfer window shuts.

Spurs are the only Premier League club not to make an addition to their squad and Pochettino admits any arrivals are unlikely before the 5pm deadline.

The club have been linked with a number of names over the summer, notably Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, who they had a £25million bid for rejected on Wednesday.

With just hours to go until the window shuts, it looks like being a fruitless period for the club, who Pochettino challenged to be "brave and take risks" at the end of last season.

The Argentinian said: "I think it's so difficult now because it's only a few hours until the end and I don't have news now.

"It's sure it will be so difficult. Always, until you finish the game, you cannot say, 'Now it's the end of the game'. But in four hours it will be difficult to sign some players."

14:33 - Wolves add another

Premier League newcomers Wolves have completed the signing of Leander Dendoncker.

He joins on an initial season-long loan deal.

14:27 - More on Godin

Sky Sports' Dharmesh Sheth explains the Diego Godin situation...

"Godin’s agent was actually the one who approached Manchester United this week, saying the player was keen to come to Old Trafford and a deal could be done.

"It’s my information that United made an offer for the agent to take to the Atletico board and within hours Godin signed a new contract on improved terms at Atletico Madrid, earning him 7.5m euros net per year. 

"To be clear, Mourinho would have been keen to sign Godin, but he believes the desire on the agent’s part was always to leverage the situation to get a new contract for his client."


It may actually come to this...

14:06 - DONE DEAL - Bristol Rovers bring the Payne

Shrewsbury striker Stefan Payne has joined Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

13:56 - Midfielder medical at Derby

Sporting Life understands that Scunthorpe midfielder Duane Holmes is undergoing a medical at Derby.

13:48 - Besic set for permanent switch

Muhamed Besic is set to join Middlesbrough on a permanent deal for around £6m, according to Sky Sports News.

13:43 - Freeman in demand

Sporting Life understands that Middlesbrough have made an improved offer for QPR midfielder Luke Freeman after Blackburn saw a £4m offer rejected earlier on today.

Boro are ready to offer a player in part-exchange to try and make a deal happen.

13:30 - WATCH - the latest

Sporting Life's Tom Carnduff discusses the latest transfer news...

13:23 - Preston add City youngster

Preston have completed the signing of Manchester City and England U21 striker Lukas Nmecha on a season-long loan.

North End beat competition from Aston Villa and Leeds for his signature.

13:16 - Gerrard heading to Carlisle

Gerrard? To Carlisle?


Carlisle United are set to sign Oldham defender Anthony Gerrard after his contract was cancelled at Boundary Park.

12:52 - Lunchtime listening

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12:35 - Heart-stopping moment for Foxes fans

Leicester boss Claude Puel has confirmed Harry Maguire is on his way to Manchester United - for Leicester's Premier League opener on Friday night.

Asked about United's interest, Leicester boss Puel joked: "I can confirm he is going to Manchester - but only for a couple of hours!"

What a wind up merchant!

12:20 - Courtois signs for Real Madrid

Real Madrid have announced the signing of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea on a six-year deal after the player completed a medical.

The Belgian has signed a six-year contract and was unveiled at the Bernabeu a short time ago.

Click here for the full story

12:16 - Cardiff agree deal for midfielder

Cardiff have agreed season-long deal for Real Betis midfielder Víctor Camarasa and have agreed a deal in principle to sign Harry Arter on loan from Bournemouth.

11:56 - Boro set to beat Leeds to Besic

Sporting Life understands that Middlesbrough are set to beat Leeds to the signing of Muhamed Besic from Everton.

The Whites were reportedly interested, but the player looks set to move back to Boro, having spent last season on-loan at the Riverside.

11:54 - Godin says no?

Manchester United have turned their attentions to Diego Godin.

Jose Mourinho has reportedly met his release clause, but the player has turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford!

11:50 - Burn set for Brighton

Brighton are close to signing Wigan defender Dan Burn in a deal worth up to £5m, according to reports.

11:41 - Grealish latest

Jack Grealish is expected to leave Aston Villa

Aston Villa will offer Jack Grealish a new contract with the club confident he will remain their player beyond the transfer deadline.

The club have rejected offers from Tottenham this summer leaving the midfielder disappointed at not being able to move to White Hart Lane.

But it is understood Grealish will be handed an improved contract to reflect his importance to the club.

He has two years left on his current deal but a new contract is expected to be wrapped up in the next few weeks.

Grealish will not rock the boat at Villa Park and demand a move despite his desire to speak to Tottenham.

Spurs' opening offer of £3million plus Josh Onomah - who spent last season at Villa - was rejected and while they got close to the £25million asking price, Villa eventually told them Grealish was not for sale.

11:35 - Mourinho's race against time

Time running out for Jose Mourinho to bag a defender and the Sky Bet odds don't seem to be in his favour either...

The Manchester United boss probably wasn't too happy facing the press ahead of their season opener against Leicester on Friday rather than spending his time trying to force through some deals.

Asked if nothing would happen in or out before the Premier League deadline at 5pm, he said: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen). I am not confident.

"I am not confident, and the market closes today, so it's time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed."

11:32 - Reading set for double signing

Sporting Life understands that Reading are set to seal the double signing of Wolves defender Kortney Hause and Swansea midfielder Jay Fulton.

Paul Clement's side were defeated 2-1 by Derby on opening day and are looking to improve their squad before the deadline.

11:30 - Middlesbrough rival Forest for West Ham defender

Nottingham Forest have been interested in West Ham defender Sam Bryam this summer, but Middlesbrough are set to rival them for his signature, according to The Mirror.

The ex-Leeds United defender is surplus to requirements at the London Stadium.

11:25 - DONE DEAL - Shrewsbury add midfielder

Shrewsbury Town have completed the signing of midfielder Ollie Norburn from Tranmere Rovers.

Salop have moved quickly to replace Jon Nolan, who left for Ipswich Town earlier this week.

11:23 - QPR reject Freeman bid

Sky Sports are also saying that QPR have rejected a £4m bid from Blackburn for midfielder Luke Freeman.

11:09 - Jose bluffing? United want Godin

Manchester United are chasing a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, Sky Sports News reports.

11:05 - DONE DEAL - Ipswich bring in a striker

Ipswich made two signings yesterday, and they've added another today with the addition of Accrington striker Kayden Jackson.

The 24-year-old has penned a three-year deal, with the club having an option for a further 12 months.

11:02 - Maguire isn't leaving the Foxes

It's one of those lines that Leicester are having to say over and over - and with fellow centre-back Filip Benkovic arriving this morning, questions will of course be asked over the future of Harry Maguire.

But Rob Dorsett told Sky Sports News: "My sources are telling me that getting a central defender in doesn’t mean Leicester will allow Harry Maguire to go to Manchester United. 

"I’m told categorically that Leicester have told Manchester United and everybody else that Harry Maguire is not for sale."

10:52 - DONE DEAL - Leicester add defender

Leicester have completed the signing of Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb, for a fee around the £13m mark.

Harry Maguire to go? The Foxes aren't willing to sell.

10:50 - Bolton set to add former Newcastle man

Bolton are set to sign former Newcastle midfielder Olivier Kemen from Lyon on a free transfer.

10:30 - Done deal!

West Ham's media team must read Sporting Life's transfer blog - after seeing the below on Wilshere they have now confirmed the signing of Perez on a three-year deal.

10:26 - Jack Wilshere announcing signings?

The West Ham midfielder posted a video of Lucas Perez in West Ham gear this morning, which pretty much confirms he has completed his move from Arsenal.

The 29-year-old reportedly cost the Hammers around £4m, with Manuel Pellegrini reportedly rejecting the chance to sign Fernando Llorente from Spurs in favour of Perez.

10:20 - Millwall aim to add striker

Sporting Life understands that Millwall are in talks to try and sign QPR striker Conor Washington on-loan.

Neil Harris' club have already rejected bids totalling £10m from Middlesbrough for George Saville and Jed Wallace.

10:16 - No new faces for Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is not expecting anybody to join Manchester United before the transfer deadline.

Asked if nothing would happen in or out before the Premier League deadline at 5pm, he said: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)."

United had been hoping to sign a centre-back before the deadline but hope has faded in recent days.

"I am not confident," Mourinho said.

"I am not confident, and the market closes today, so it's time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed."

Read more: Jose Mourinho the problem for Manchester United, Sporting Life told

10:12 - Zinchenko deal falls through

Oleksandr Zinchenko is staying at Manchester City after rejecting the chance to join Premier League newcomers Wolves.

Wanderers had agreed a £16m fee for the full-back, but he has decided against making the switch.

10:10 - Millwall reject bids

No surprise here following their fantastic season - but Millwall have rejected bids totalling £10m from Middlesbrough for George Saville and Jed Wallace.

10:07 - DONE DEAL - Kovacic makes Chelsea switch

As announced last night, Mateo Kovacic has joined Chelsea on a season-long loan.

The 24-year-old Croatian international arrives with experience having featured regularly in Serie A, La Liga, the Champions League and at international level.

He played five games during Croatia’s run to the World Cup final this summer.

Upon arriving at Stamford Bridge, Kovacic said: "I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season."

09:46 - Besic set for Leeds?

Leeds United are targeting the £4.5m signing of Everton midfielder Mo Besic before the 5pm deadline, according to The Mirror.

The Whites have already added Lewis Baker, Jamal Blackman, Barry Douglas, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford to their ranks.

Reports say that Leeds will take Besic on-loan if they don't complete a deal today, with a view to a permanent move next summer.

09:42 - Remember this?

09:34 - DONE DEAL - Peterborough add Ivan Toney

Posh have done business early on transfer deadline day, they've signed Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney on a long-term deal.

Peterborough lost last season's top scorer Jack Marriott to Derby this summer - but started the season off with a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers.

09:24 - Forest hijack Hefele deal

Sporting Life understands that Nottingham Forest have hijacked QPR's move for Huddersfield defender Michael Hefele, with the player set for medical at the City Ground.

The German defender was a key part of the Terriers' Sky Bet Championship promotion-winning side, but has found minutes difficult to come by in the Premier League.

09:05: Hanson set for Oxford switch

Derby midfielder Jamie Hanson is set to join Oxford United in a permanent deal, according to Pete O'Rourke.

09:00 - Ayew excited, Palace fans?

See what we did there? Crystal Palace are expected to complete the signing of forward Jordan Ayew from Swansea.

The 26-year-old Ghana international moved to England with Aston Villa before moving to Wales, scoring 15 goals and assisting five in 80 Premier League appearances.

08:58 - Jose's presser

With Man United getting their Premier League campaign underway against Leicester on Friday, Jose Mourinho is due to speak to the media shortly.

We; should - SHOULD - get an insight on his club's transfer activity for the rest of the day...

08:20 - Done deal at Manchester City!

The Premier League champions add Australian midfielder Daniel Arzani to their ranks.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder arrives from sister club Melbourne City and City say they are 'exploring a development pathway' for Arzani, suggesting a loan move will follow in order to progress his career.

Arzani represented Australia at the 2018 World Cup - in fact, he was the youngest player to appear in the competition.

Will that be City's only bit of business of the day? Stick with Sporting Life's live blog to find out.

08:15 - PAPER TALK: Deadline Day edition

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  • Spurs braced for Christian Eriksen approach
  • Wolves' £22m late swoop
  • Jose Mourinho becoming ‘increasingly worried’ at Man United

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07:38 - Maguire off to Man Utd?

Leicester signing a new defender could well indicate Harry Maguire will join Man Utd after all - watch this space!

07:25 - Chelsea sign record keeper Kepa

No it wasn't a dream, Chelsea did splash out over £70m for Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa, the 23year-old with one cap for Spain under his belt!

Full story here on that memorable deal


Welcome to the big day everybody! We'll bring you al the latest transfer news, views & rumours from what should be another hectic day of activity - nothing like desperation to get the transfers flowing!

2300 - We'll be back on deadline day morning!

Follow our deadline day blog from 8am on Thursday as we'll bring you all the latest deals, rumours and transfer odds before the window slams shut at 5pm!

2210 - Chelsea break world record for a goalkeeper!

Kepa Arrizabalaga has joined Chelsea on a seven-year contract from Athletic Bilbao, with the fee of £72.1million a world record for a goalkeeper!

It surpasses the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month.

"It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life," he told the club's official website. "So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League.

"It's an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well."

2200 - Another boost for Fulham

Fulham have been splashing the cash this summer but their fans will be equally pleased to hear that teenage star Ryan Sessegnon isn't going anywhere.

Vice chairman and director of football operations Tony Khan tweeted: "We're not selling @ryansessegnon. We've never considered it!

"I couldn't sit back and read these false rumors anymore, had to say something.

"Ryan's key to this @fulhamfc squad; he's one of the top young talents worldwide and in our plans for @premierleague success. Come on Fulham!"

2120 - Will Mourinho get any man?

Jose Mourinho's dogged pursuit of a top-class centre back is expected to end with the capture of one of Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld or Jerome Boateng.

Leicester's Maguire has been a summer-long target for Manchester United, but his fine World Cup exploits with England have pushed up the Foxes' valuation of one of their top assets.

Spurs defender Alderweireld has been eyeing a move away from the north London club for some time now, and could be about to get his wish.

Bayern defender Boateng has emerged as a possible fall-back option for United in the last few days.

Surely he'll get one?

2100 - Seagulls swoop

There's been a transfer in the Premier League but not one to get your pulses racing, as Brighton sign Molde defender Leo Skiri Ostigard for an undisclosed fee.

To be fair, he is only 18 and boss Chris Hughton said: "Initially he will link up with Simon Rusk and our under-23 squad, but we will be monitoring his progress."

2045 - Rangers reject bid for captain

Rangers have rejected an offer in the region of £3million from West Brom for skipper James Tavernier.

Attacking full-back Tavernier, 26, joined Rangers from Wigan in July 2015 and has scored 28 goals and played almost 150 matches for the club.

2030 - It's because we're worth it

Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel is not surprised to see goalkeepers moving for "ridiculously high" fees given the fine line between success and failure.

"I think generally transfers are ridiculously high at the moment," he told ESPN. "It was only a matter of time before goalkeepers would get in on the act, because a good goalkeeper can be the difference between winning the league and not winning the league.

"That's the market at the moment. I think the Neymar transfer was pivotal to everything. Prices became very inflated and from there it was always going to reach every position.

"You saw it with Virgil van Dijk and now with Alisson - the market value has really gone up high."

2000 - Courtois heading to Real

Thibaut Courtois is to join Real Madrid in a deal that will see Mateo Kovacic move to Chelsea on a season-long loan.

The Belgian international will moving for a reported £35million, penning a six-year deal, and the Croatian midfielder will be coming the other way on loan.

A statement from Chelsea read: "Chelsea and Real Madrid have tonight agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical.

"Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan."

Of course Chelsea look set to replace Courtois with Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world record fee for a goalkeeper. We would describe it as a mind boggling £71m but we're all desensitised to these kind of fees now.

1945 - Villa swoop

Huge news from the Sky Bet Championship and the Scottish Premiership...Aston Villa have completed the signing of John McGinn from Hibernian despite renewed interest from Celtic.

In not quite the words of Han Solo, the 23-year-old midfielder said: "I got a real good feeling about the place."

Hibs moved quickly to replace McGinn by signing Bournemouth midfielder Emerson Hyndman, who impressed at Rangers last season, on a six-month loan.

Bournemouth have also allowed Brad Smith to join Seattle Sounders on loan.

1930 - Expensive keepers

Liverpool were asked whether £67million was too much for a goalkeeper a few weeks ago, so I guess we must all prepare to ask Chelsea fans a very similar question.

1830 - Mourinho's future

Paul Scholes' latest verdict on Jose Mourinho sums up why he's 4/1 second fav to be the first Premier League boss out...

"If they're not playing well, if they're not entertaining people, they're not challenging for the league, then he possibly could go."

For the full interview with the Manchester United legend, click here.

18:00 - This time tomorrow

We may have got our last confirmed 'done deal' - but that's doubtful even though the cut-off point for signings is 5pm!

17:36 - Leeds, Leeds, Leeds

Will Leeds get anyone in before tomorrow's permanent transfers deadline?

Former Noel Whelan has praised their performance against Stoke regardless - saying "For Leeds and Bielsa, he's got to be more than happy with what he saw but it is about whether they can maintain that standard and that quality."

Whelan was speaking to the Sporting Life Championship preview podcast - and you can read more of his thoughts here.

17:30 - Birmingham add goalkeeper

Birmingham have completed the signing of goalkeeper Lee Camp on a free transfer from Cardiff.

The 33-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sunderland, has penned a two-year contract with the Sky Bet Championship club.

Camp is set to become Birmingham's first-choice goalkeeper, casting doubts on the future of both David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak.

16:55 - Manchester United look for Boateng loan

Man Utd are keen to bring Jerome Boateng to Old Trafford – but only on loan, rather than on a permanent basis, say Sky Sports.

Jose Mourinho still has the German international as his No 1 choice recruit – but privately behind the scenes at United there are fears over a permanent contract for a player with a chequered history of injuries.

Boateng, 29, suffered muscle and tendon injuries over the past three Bundesliga campaigns, missing 27 games in total since December 2016.

With one day left of the summer window, Mourinho is running out of time to find a new central defender. Privately, United believe Harry Maguire is not for sale at Leicester and as things stand, Yerry Mina’s chances coming to Old Trafford looks increasingly slim.

Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has made funds available to Jose, but is determined not to pay over the odds in the current market.

16:27 - Grealish still to go?

Despite Aston Villa saying Grealish isn't for sale at any price - punters still fancy him to make a move to Tottenham, according to Sky Bet's odds.

Grealish's next club odds:

  • Tottenham - 7/4
  • Chelsea - 16/1
  • Leicester - 25/1
  • To Stay at Aston Villa - 4/9
  • To Leave Aston Villa - 13/8

You can bet by heading here

16:20 - Hugill joins Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough have completed the signing of West Ham striker Jordan Hugill on a season-long loan.

15:40 - VOTE!

Will Harry Maguire still be a Leicester player at the end of the transfer window?

15:30 - Bernard to Everton

Good news Everton fans, Bernard is in the country ahead of a medical...

15:19 - Maguire on the move?

Sky Sports say that Manchester United have already had two bids turned down by Leicester for Harry Maguire. The second bid was worth about £60m.

Leicester are in advanced talks to sign two centre backs – Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb and Caglar Soyuncu from Freiburg – at a combined cost of about £35m.

As far as Leicester are concerned, Maguire is not for sale; they signed him for £17m from Hull City last summer and he has four years left on his contract.

Leicester are expected to offer him a new deal after his impressive performances for England in the World Cup this summer.

14:43 - Shrews add a loan signing

Rangers confirm midfielder Greg Docherty has joined Shrewsbury Town on a season-long loan deal.

Docherty, who joined the Light Blues from Hamilton Accies in January, has made 14 appearances so far in his time at Ibrox.

13:46 - Villa set to add Hibs midfielder

Aston Villa are in pole position to sign John McGinn despite renewed interest from Celtic, according to Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon.

Hibs midfielder McGinn spent Tuesday in talks with Aston Villa but Celtic are believed to have matched the Sky Bet Championship club's offer after having several previous bids rejected.

Lennon said: "He went down to Birmingham, I think he is having a medical there. A fee has been agreed. I don't know if personal terms have been agreed yet.

"I think Celtic have matched the offer but I think Villa are in the driving position at the minute."

13:12 - Hugill heading north

Reports say that Jordan Hugill has arrived on Teesside to undergo a medical with Middlesbrough. 

It is unclear at this stage whether Boro are looking at loan deal or permanent transfer for the striker, who signed for West Ham for £9.5m in January. 

It's been fairly clear throughout the summer that Hugill isn't in the Hammers' plans - and the former Preston striker was linked with a move to Leeds earlier in the window.

12:43 - Kovacic heading to Chelsea

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic to have medical at Chelsea today ahead of a loan move, according to Sky Sports.

Reports say that Madrid have offered the midfielder to Chelsea as an incentive to sell them goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - who wants a move away.

12:28 - Is this Liverpool's year?

They reached the Champions League final last year - and can this be the season that Liverpool finally lift the Premier League trophy?

We assess their chances...

12:00 - Grealish to stay?

Jack Grealish is expected to leave Aston Villa
Jack Grealish to stay?

Massive news coming from Villa Park - and Sky Sports are saying that Jack Grealish will NOT be leaving for Tottenham this window.

They report that Aston Villa's new executive chairman Nassef Sawiris has told Tottenham and any other potential suitors he is not interested in their money.

A huge boost for Steve Bruce...

11:30 - More on Kepa

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga's 80million euros (£71m) buyout clause has been met, Athletic Bilbao have announced, as the goalkeeper appears on the verge of a world record move to Chelsea.

The Basque club confirmed the 23-year-old's release clause has been activated and his contract terminated, although there is no mention of Chelsea.

The Blues have reportedly made Kepa their number one target to replace Thibaut Courtois, who has been absent from training this week, has one year remaining on his contract and reportedly wishes to join Real Madrid.

11:25 - Arrizabalaga's release clause activated

Huge news out of Spain - Athletic Bilbao have confirmed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause has been activated.

Sky Sports News reported yesterday Chelsea were in advanced talks to sign Kepa. 

11:07 - United eager to hold onto Pogba

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba

Manchester United have no intention of selling Paul Pogba, Press Association Sport understands.

Speculation is not only mounting about incomings before Thursday's deadline but outgoings from Jose Mourinho's side.

Pogba is attracting admiring glances after a fine World Cup and is reported to have told his team-mates that he is desperate to leave Old Trafford for Barcelona.

The France international has endured a testy relationship at times with manager Mourinho, but the United hierarchy are understood to have never been open to selling their club-record signing.

Pogba still has three years remaining on the deal he signed when returning from Juventus in a then world-record deal in 2016.

It is not believed that the midfielder has subsequently asked for more money on the back of Alexis Sanchez's January arrival, but there are questions to answer regarding his future and happiness.

11:03 - DONE DEAL - Ipswich add Shrewsbury duo

Ipswich Town have completed the double signing of Jon Nolan and Toto Nsiala.

Both come in from Shrewsbury Town, and join manager Paul Hurst in switching Shropshire for the Tractor Boys.

Midfielder Nolan and central defender Nsiala handed in transfer requests last week in order to force through a move.

10:58 - Signing inbound at Ipswich?

This isn't weird - nope, not weird at all.

10:55 - Terriers to add another?

Huddersfield are now in talks with Montpellier winger Isaac Mbenza, according to Sky Sports.

Sky Sports News reports that Terriers boss David Wagner is keen to add another wide player to his squad after selling Tom Ince to Stoke.

Mbenza scored 10 goals in 43 appearances last season as Montpellier finished comfortably mid-table in Ligue 1.

10:45 - DONE DEAL - Derby sign Martyn Waghorn

Martyn Waghorn has joined Derby
Martyn Waghorn has joined Derby

Derby have added another forward, with Martyn Waghorn the latest recruit.

The 28-year-old joins Frank Lampard’s side from fellow Sky Bet Championship rivals Ipswich Town on a three-year dealafter an undisclosed fee was agreed with the Tractor Boys.

Waghorn is manager Lampard’s seventh summer signing after adding Mason Mount, Harry Wilson, Florian Jozefzoon, Jack Marriott, George Evans and Fikayo Tomori to his squad following his appointment at the end of May.

10:40 - More Mee time at Burnley

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has seen another of his key players commit to the club with defender Ben Mee signing a new three-year contract.

The 28-year-old has made 248 appearances for the Clarets since joining from Manchester City, initially on loan in 2011 and then permanently the following summer.

He had 12 months still to run on his deal but is now tied to the Clarets until June 2021, with the option of a further 12 months.

Mee has been one of the mainstays of Dyche's side during their Premier League campaigns and follows right-back Matt Lowton in signing a new contract.

10:35 - DONE DEAL - Wolves sign Traore

Adama Traore is heading to Wolves
Adama Traore has signed for Wolves

Wolves have made Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore their latest signing.

The 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Molineux and joins for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £18million.

Traore, who came through the youth system at Barcelona, follows Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro Otto, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez through the door of the Premier League new boys.

10:15 - Transfer betting update

We've got an update from the Sky Bet trading floor....

The movers are mainly centre backs that have shortened as a result of Man Utd's pursuit for a new defender..

  • Mina is into 2/1 from 20/1 over the last 24 hours to go to Man Utd.
  • Maguire is now 7/4 to go to Man Utd, we opened up at 10s back in May.
  • Alderweireld is now 1/2 to go to Man Utd, he was 11/10 around a week ago.

Away from Man Utd...

  • Bolasie is into 5/2 from 5s over the last 24 hours to go to Burnley.
  • Marcos Rojo is now evens to go to Everton, we opened up at 4s a week ago.
  • Grealish is now 1/3 to go to Spurs, he's gradually shortened over the summer, we opened up at 33/1 back in May.

Click here to back any of these in Sky Bet's summer transfer window market

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